Mon, 01 Apr 2021 07:11:30 +1100 MYOB en-gb Front End Login to Joomla

On any Joomla website you can login to the front end of the website without needing a specific link to the front end login page. You may ask, why you would want to login to the front end of the website? In some circumstances, an administrator may wish to login to the front end to see content that is marked in their group as 'special' and can only be seen on the front end after logging in. 

You could easily add a login form on the website or a direct menu link to the login page but as an administrator you may not want regular users accessing the login page at all, and hence displaying a login module or login link may not be acceptable.

This can be done by adding in the extra string that will tell Joomla to take you to the login page.

In Joomla 1.5, add this string to the end of the website's domain in the URL address bar of your browser.



This will automatically take you to the login page of the Joomla website allowing you to login to the front end.

For Joomla 1.6 and above just use



The default view for the com_user is set to the login screen so that is the only part of the string that you'll need.

Login via the form that will appear. It is as easy as that.



]]> (Peter Bui) User Management Tue, 24 Jan 2021 12:40:17 +1100 Upgrading Joomla 1.5 to the Latest Patch Version

This is a short video that demonstrates how quick and easy it to update Joomla 1.5 to the latest version.

You can obtain the component that is being used in this video called, "Update Manager for Joomla" from:



If you're having issues using the component then it would be best to check out Sam Moffatt's website which contains a few trouble shooting tutorials regarding his Joomla updating component.

]]> (Peter Bui) Website Management Sun, 19 Jun 2021 10:18:44 +1000 Staging and Live Server Publishing


In large organisations there are may be a requirement for development and staging servers of a website. This allows publishers and editors with easily view and play around with content on a working version of the website before it is published to the live servers.

The development and staging servers also allow for testing and evaluation of extensions and content that is setup on the site but when the editor or web administrator is happy with the content on the site, instead of redoing all of their work again on the live server, the administrator should be able to push their new content and changes live rather than rebuilding again.

This tutorial shows how to publish content live from a staging server using a Joomla component called "Working Copy".

A large part of using "Working Copy" on your website to publish live is setting it up to publish only segments of your site and database.

This is mainly because a large site will require huge amounts of memory.

Setting Up Working Copy

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Publishing Steps to a Live Server

1) Test your site and make sure what you have setup on your site is correct. Inspect the areas that you have changed and make sure that there are now other pending changes in the system that might effect the changes that you are going to make live.

2) Make a list of the areas of the site that you need to publish, for example, Menus, Content Areas, Modules

3) Navigate to Working Copy via the main administrator menu

Components -> Working Copy

Here you will be presented with the different areas that you can publish to the website.

4) Select the desired area that you want to apply and update and hit the Apply Patch button on the top right corner of the screen.

This will start the publishing process for that area of the website.

Now make sure that you have published all the required areas need to make the site go live.


Downsides to Using Working Copy

The reason each part of the site is separated into a different job is because of the memory requirements it takes to dump a database on a local server and then upload that data onto the live server.

Careful and time consuming setup can be tricky but when it is done correctly, it is very well worth it.

The code is downloadable from its Google Code website found at:

]]> (Peter Bui) Content Editing Tue, 18 Jan 2021 10:19:40 +1100